|Marshall Center 2009 Highlights: A Video Review|
A busy year can seem to pass in a minute -- but in this video it literally does! Check out a rapid-fire retrospective of the Marshall Center's 2009 accomplishments. This fast-paced video montage highlights rocket tests, shuttle launches, spacewalks, astronomy, earth science and educational initiatives including moonbuggies. Fasten your seatbelt for a VERY quick blast through the past.
Keywords: What -- Earth; NASA
|Anatomy of a Parachute|
Slowly drifting across the horizon like a small cluster of clouds, large red, white and blue parachutes glide across the Arizona sky, bringing their payload to a gentle landing on desert floor below. These parachutes are part of a recovery system under development by engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., to return a expended solid rocket motor to Earth for recovery and reuse...
Keywords: What -- Earth; Where -- Arizona; YumaDropTest10
|Asteroid 433 Eros Approaches Earth|
Asteroid 433 Eros made a close approach to Earth the morning of January 31st coming within 0.17 AU (15 million miles) of our planet. In this set of images taken that morning, the bright moving dot near the center of the field is the 21 mile long Eros.
Keywords: What -- Earth; Marshall Space Flight Center; Meteoroid Environment Office; Asteroid 433 Eros; meteor shower
|NASA Sets Parachute Payload Record|
Under a brilliant early morning Arizona sky, NASA conducted a successful, record-breaking test of a drogue parachute being designed to return next-generation space vehicles safely to Earth. The 77,000-pound payload used in the test was dropped from the back of a U.S. Air Force C-17 at an altitude of 25,000 feet, setting a record for the heaviest single load ever extracted out of a C-17 during flight...
Keywords: What -- Earth; Where -- Arizona; parachute; drogue; chute; Yuma; Arizona; U.S. Army Proving Grounds; NASA
|Perseid Fireball: Brighter Than Venus|
On the night of August 3 at 9:56 p.m. a Perseid meteor -- about 1 inch in diameter and moving at a speed of 134,000 mph -- entered the atmosphere 70 miles above the town of Paint Rock, Ala. At such a tremendous velocity, the meteor cut a path some 65 miles long, finally burning up 56 miles above Macay Lake, just northeast of the town of Warrior. The meteor was about six times brighter than the planet Venus and would be classified as a fireball by meteor scientists.The Perseid radiant was low in ...
Keywords: What -- Earth; Where -- Venus; What -- Dawn; perseid; perseids; meteor; shower; meteors; fireball; venus; comet; nasa.astronomy; marshall space flight center
|Ikeya-Murakami: The New Comet on the Cosmic Block|
This video shows the motion of Comet Ikeya-Murakami on Nov. 13, 2010, captured with a New Mexico-based telescope operated remotely by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. The images were taken near dawn and show the comet's movement over a period of 45 minutes. Each exposure was three minutes in length, and the faint angled streak around 0:10 in the animation is a satellite trail. At the time of these images, the comet was some 229 million miles away from Earth...
Keywords: What -- COMETS; What -- Dawn; What -- Sun; What -- Earth; Ikeya-Murakami; comet; marshall space flight center; rob suggs
|Venus in Transit - Impact on Space Science with Jim Spann|
One of the most uncommon celestial phenomena, a solar transit by the planet Venus, will occur Tuesday evening. The Marshall Center will help build excitement for the rare event with a Lunch & Learn at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 4, in Morris Auditorium in Building 4200. Marshall scientist, Dr. Jim Spann will host the informative session. Participants will learn more about the phenomenon, which occurs in a pattern repeated every 243 years, with pairs of transits eight years apart...
Keywords: What -- Sun; Where -- Venus; What -- Earth; Marshall Space Flight Center; Venus in Transit; James Spann; astronomy; solar eclipse; solar transit
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|Stunning View of Lyrids and Earth at Night|
On April 21, the 2012 Lyrid meteor shower peaked in the skies over Earth. While NASA allsky cameras were looking up, astronaut Don Pettit aboard the International Space Station trained his video camera on Earth below. Video footage has revealed breathtaking images of meteors ablating -- or burning up -- over Earth at night. This video is a composite of 310 still frames from that evening. (NASA/JSC/Don Pettit)
Keywords: What -- Earth; Lyrid meteor shower; Marshall Space Flight Center; NASA allsky camera; Don Pettit; International Space Station; meteor shower; astronomy
|NASA's Robotic Lunar Lander Development Test Project|
During recent tests at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., the lander test article was suspended up 10.5 feet from the landing pad. After being released from its hoist, the lander simultaneously received a command to activate its onboard thrusters to carry it to a controlled landing using a preprogrammed descent profile. These tests demonstrate the test article's capability to perform autonomous descent, and soon will be used to checkout landing control algorithms for the ne...
Keywords: What -- Earth; What -- Moon; NASA robotic lander; NASA lunar lander; robotic lunar lander; thrusters autonomous landing; moon lander; Barbara Cohen; Julie Bassler; Danny Harris; lunar lander test article; polar volatiles; scientific instruments